Laid-back Saturday

Who’s not in love with Saturday? Basically, this is how we roll on a Saturday shift. Though we have to be at work, we take everything easy. As easy as shorts and slippers Ü

Friends

Friends

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
– Confucius

Our work is a stressful one but I chose not to be affected most of the time and always making sure to have fun with friends. More laid-back Saturdays FF peeps ♥

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Knocked Out Cold.

I still can’t get over Manny Pacquiao’s devastating lost to Juan Manuel Marquez. I can’t help myself to blog about it. Somehow, I figured that he’ll lost the fight (I knew it!) but it’s a totally different feeling when it was confirmed. Not to mention with a K.O. A devastating one. I was not able to watch the fight since I was on my way to work when it as aired. I was extremely sad when I logged on to my Facebook account and it was flooded with his photos lying face down the canvas. From all the stories I’ve heard from friends, I decided I don’t want to watch its rerun. I just couldn’t bear a second looking at him like that. I even saw his wife’s photos crying, trying to reach him, but was not allowed to. That’s heartbreaking.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez Pacquiao vs. Marquez

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Buntis ka ba? YOURALAYER.

This is another rail transit incident that I have experienced just earlier today on my way to work. Yes. Another. Like that viral video on Youtube where a girl was yelling “AMALAYER? AMALAYER?” “I am a liar?” at a security officer. Some said that the video didn’t show all the details so I still wonder why it happened. This time, I saw and heard everything.

It’s just the usual manic Monday for me. All the people who were waiting for the train to arrive were in 2 lines a meter away from the actual railways. The area is crowded so I pushed myself in to get a spot where I can fall in line. For all who’s not familiar with the Philippine’s MRT or Metro Rail Transit, there is a coach solely for women, people with disability and elderly but still it’s your option if you want to be on other coaches as long as you are a woman. So on that note, men are not allowed in that specific coach unless you’re with an elderly, a pregnant woman or a person with disability.

Back to the story.. I notice a couple that was standing in line near me where the coach for women will stop. The security officer approached them and let them know that they need to transfer to a different coach since men are not allowed there. They immediately transferred to the other line, but to my surprised they pushed other people around and rode the coach for women when the train arrived. I believed that the security officer was not able to noticed them. At the next station, security officers checked coaches and was able to noticed them. The security officer asked.. “May kasama ka Sir? Pangbabae kasi dyan ee.” “Are you with someone Sir? This coach is for women.” The guy pointed at the girl he was with and the security officer asked them again.. “Buntis ka ba Ma’am?” “Are you pregnant Ma’am?” The couple exchanged confuse glances and were not answering the question so the security officer repeated it twice. The girl answered “Yes.” with that confuse look still on her face. The security officer looked confuse as well as the couple can’t look at him and were stuttering as they speak so he asked again.. “Sigurado ka bang buntis ka? Baka pag hiningan kita ng patunay wala kang maibigay.” “Are you sure that you’re pregnant? If I’ll ask you a proof, will you be able to provide me something?” The couple exchanged confuse glances again then the train doors closed in front of them. Everybody went quiet then suddenly an old guy said.. “Napakayabang naman ng guard na yun. Dapat yun nirereport.” “That guard is so conceited. He should be reported.” Then another person said.. “Kung ako yun, binanatan ko un!” “I could have beat him if that was me.” Then all at once everybody started saying something against the security officer. Astoundingly, the guy with the girl said.. “Saan nga siang station ulit? Nang mabalikan ko.” “From what station he was again? So I can get back at him.” in his most conceited tone.

I was so amazed that most of the passengers gotten their sympathy though they have obviously lied. Was it because that the security officer was a bit rude or something? I think that they should wonder why he acted like that. What would you feel if somebody’s making you feel stupid?

I can’t believe I heard all of those. In the first place that girl didn’t even look pregnant and it’s so obvious that they just lied for them to be on that coach. Everybody can tell that she’s not pregnant, she’s even on a skin-tight jeans for God’s sake! And here they are gotten all the passenger’s sympathy aside from me of course. I feel sorry about the security officer. I really think that he was just doing his job right. They could have said something when they were asked, not when the security officer was not there anymore. I just can’t believe that he will have the guts to say something like that after they lied like as if they didn’t. I kept my cool and just rolled my eyes though I really wanted to tell them right at their faces that they’re liars!

When will people learn about discipline and being honest? Just for the simple case of riding trains.. as petty as that. Alarming. Indeed.

No Make Up Pls..

I came across Iya Misa’s blog about wearing make up and I realized we’re on the same boat when it comes to that issue. I rarely wear make up also. I have this mannerism of smudging my face whenever I’m bored or scratching my eyes whenever I’m sleepy. Would you imagine me doing that while I have make up on. I’ll definitely look terrible!

Like her blog, I want my readers (if I have any.. Ü) to know how I look like everyday.

This photo very much describe how I look like on a daily basis. Tee, jeans, my favorite hot pink sneakers or flip-flops, a jacket and no make up on. Not your kikay girl, I may say. I want to be on a hassle free look most of the time. I don’t know, maybe I grew up on a family where make is not really necessary. I have nothing against make up though. I envy those ladies who wear them beautifully! I don’t even know how to use them, frankly speaking. I am contented on my daily routine which is shower-air dried hair-powder-lip gloss on occasions. I can say that I am not really vain when it comes to my face, I’m not even into moisturizers or toners too. Loose powder is my best friend.

Like Iya, my sister, who is much younger than me, always tell me to wear make up. She constantly reminds me that I look like a tomboy when I’m usually in my jeans and just have my hair tied. When it comes to make up, I can say that she’s a pro. She’s good at it! She even shaped her own eyebrows and I left mine bushy. Haha! She’s also into eyeliners and mascara to enhance her long lashes more.

My Sister KC, she’s beautiful! Isn’t she? Ü

I’m not being a hypocrite here, I wear make up on several occasions but not on a daily basis like other girls do. As I have mentioned, I’m not saying it’s bad.. I am just not comfortable with it! Well, everybody has their own views about this. For others, wearing make up enhances their beauty more and others just can’t figure out that they look better without it. It’s a case to case basis, I may say. For me, as long as you feel confident about yourself, it could be with make up or it could be plain you.. that’s good enough.

Halloween.. Gracall Style!

I was blown away by the Halloween decorations at our office. One word. Career! Nice to take photos because they had photo booths and even my office mates were in costumes. They also had a Trick or Treat program for the employees’ children. Too bad I was not able to take photos of the kids because I was on duty so I just had a photo shoot with my good friends Ana and Mona on our break.

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An open letter for my Husband on our 5th year anniversary..

Dear Bhey,

I know you are not and you can’t be perfect but I thank you for all the things you have done that other’s I know won’t do for me.

For the encouragement to finally learn how to cook and for saying my Adobo tasted so good though I know that it tasted awful. I know you only said that for me not to feel bad because you know I’ve worked all day for it. Thanks! That made my day.
For your warm hands that gently eases my monthly cramps. Thanks.. It makes me feel better and helps me have a good night’s sleep. I know that sometimes even if you’re not feeling well too, you still always make sure that I’m feeling okay.
For your loving arms that hugs me everytime I cry just for no reason at all. I know you understand that I am just crazy at times. Thanks!
For believing in me and making me feel stronger each time I encounter failures. Thanks! I know you always have my back.
For accepting that I am not perfect and I may say or do things that may be unfavorable to you but still, you understand. Thanks! That made me feel I’m human.

I also want to say sorry for all the things I could have done but chose not to because my pride took over me. I know, it happens all the time but it doesn’t mean I don’t love you anymore. Whatever bad things I may say or do, I want you to think that maybe I’m just tired or hungry. As you say, I always go crazy when I’m hungry. Now I understand why you’d always see to it that I eat on time.

I am really glad we made it this far, that we are still holding on for many people have doubted it. From day one, I swear we’re infinite..

Happy 5th year Anniversary!
I love you more each day!

Hugs and Kisses,
Your Wife ♥

Random photos of a commuter..

These are photos I took as a commuter, it’s just so random since I get to see these same places everyday. From the MRT (Metro Rail Transit) Station to The Fort Bus in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. I’m a sucker for candid shots so I came up with this idea to take random photos of people and places I get to see on my way to work. Some photos are a bit shaky though, it’s really hard to take a photo on a moving vehicle for that matter.

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A Food way to celebrate!

Alie’s growing too fast.. Too fast I can’t imagine him having girlfriends already.

We celebrated his 10th birthday and initially we planned to go out for a movie but it turned out as a pig out day since we ate a lot.. seriously! Hubby, Alie and I were arguing which place to go to for dinner that night but Alie and I won! Haha! We wanted some pasta, chicken and pizza! Ü

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Sauteed Mung Beans for the Win!

This is definitely another feeling foodie post. Yeah.. I’m a frustrated cook. Haha! It was my rest day when I decided to cook this dish because this is one of our many favorite Filipino dishes. For a traditional Filipino family, sautéed Mung Beans is usually served during Fridays since Filipinos are mostly catholic and we abstain from eating pork on Fridays though it’s not the Lenten season. Nowadays, Filipinos are serving this even if it’s not a Friday and with different added ingredients. I once read an article of a female oriented website (I forgot what it was..) and they’re sharing their own recipes or ways on how to cook Sauteed Mung Beans. I forgot to bookmark some of it so I had to just used my instinct to come up with my own recipe.

GINISANG MONGGO (Sauteed Mung Beans)

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small tomato
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 cup of Mung Beans
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 kilo of pork, rib part
  • 2 Knorr pork cubes
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce (patis)
  • Chicharon for toppings

Procedure

  1. In a casserole, boil the Mung beans until soft then set aside.
  2. In a separate skillet, heat the oil and saute onion and garlic.
  3. Add the pork then tomato, saute until the pork is lightly brown.
  4. Add the Mung beans together with the stock.
  5. Season with fish sauce and add the pork cubes.
  6. Boil until pork is tender then top with chicharon.
  7. Serve while hot.

Some put ampalaya leaves to top it but I don’t want it bitter so I skipped that part. It depends on how you like it basically. There are so many variations of this recipe. Some preferred to put shrimp and malunggay leaves. For added flavor, some put Tinapa or Daing for that salty taste. I’m so proud of myself that it tasted so good (according to my Hubby Ü) considering that it’s my first time to do it. More feeling foodie posts for me! Ü

*Note: The photo is not mine! I forgot to take a photo of my masterpiece so I googled one. Just wanted you guys to see how it look like.